Is Anton Stralman in a Tenuous Spot with Rangers?
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03-08-2014, 12:07 PM
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What about Diaz? Any chance we brought him in to be a bottom pair RD next year? Apparently he brings some offense which everyone on here is clamoring for. Never seen him play so this is purely speculation. I would have to imagine him and Moore on the bottom pair would be a nightmare.
Yeah Diaz is probably Swiss league bound after this season. Just depth for this year. Not exactly a mistake free defenseman against bigger faster stronger forwards.
If he was an A level skater he'd play every day. The Rangers simply don't have 4 legitimate top 4 defenseman. They have 3 guys that can fill in for sure yeah, but you need 4 defenseman that can handle 20+ a night against top tier teams, and the Rangers only have 3. This is where the Del Zotto deal will hurt.
Klein never played top 4 minutes on a contender, and Stralman is struggling as the games are getting more important. All of those guys in the 4-6 roles can go up against bottom line competition without worry.
But the current 4-6 will be challenged greatly with teams that sport to top offensive lines, or forwards with size and skill.
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